Our Application Process
Ready to apply to Glenelg Country School?
We’re happy to have your interest and the opportunity to educate and inspire your child. The various steps of our application process are designed to help insure that your child will transition successfully into our school. For priority consideration, applications must be submitted by January 15, 2024. All remaining items in the application process must be completed and/or submitted by January 31 in order to receive an admissions decision on February 15. Should space remain available in any grade, we will continue with rolling admissions until a class is full. If you need any assistance along the way, please contact us.
Testing and Assessments
Testing and assessment requirements for specific levels are described below:
Applicants for the Little Dragons program will be scheduled for a play session. These are scheduled after an application is submitted and are typically held on selected Saturday mornings in January.
Applicants for Pre-Kindergarten will be scheduled for a 90-minute play session. During the play session the child has the opportunity to interact with other children and GCS teachers. A brief developmental screening, the Brigance, is administered during the play session. These will be scheduled after an application is submitted and are typically held on selected Saturday mornings in January.
Applicants for Kindergarten will be scheduled for a morning class visit with one of our Pre-K classes. A developmental assessment, the Brigance, will be administered during that time. The visit will be scheduled after an application is submitted.
Applicants for Grade 1 will be scheduled for an academic assessment developed by our teachers, with a focus on math and reading skills, which takes approximately 30 minutes. Testing will be scheduled after an application is submitted and is administered during the child’s visit day.
Applicants for Grades 2–5 who have fall or winter MAP results from the current school year may submit those results in lieu of additional admissions testing. Otherwise, applicants for Grades 2-4 will be scheduled to take the Stanford and the OLSAT at GCS on a selected Saturday morning in January and applicants for Grade 5 will need to register for the ISEE (please refer to Grades 6-11 testing below).
Applicants for Grades 6–11 need to take one of the following tests which are designed to help determine academic readiness in the areas of reading comprehension, vocabulary, mathematics, and writing. Testing should be completed by February 1 if possible and may be scheduled any time beginning October 1.
- ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam). The ISEE is an admission test developed by the ERB (Educational Records Bureau). It has three levels: a Lower Level for candidates to Grades 5–6; a Middle Level for candidates to Grades 7–8; and an Upper Level for candidates to Grades 9–12.
There are different formats available for ISEE test administration, including an “at-home” option. The cost ranges from $155–235. For more information, please visit ISEE at Home or ISEE by ERB. The Glenelg Country School code is 211153.
Glenelg Country School is offering the paper-based ISEE in a small group testing format on the following Saturday mornings, although GCS applicants may test at any location.
- December 9, 2023
- January 6, 2024
- January 20, 2024
- February 3, 2024
- March 23, 2024
- April 27, 2024
- SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test). The SSAT is another standardized test. Candidates to Grades 6–8 take the Middle Level, and candidates to Grades 9–12 take the Upper Level. For more information, testing options, and registration, please visit SSAT. The Glenelg Country School code is 3433.
- PSAT 8/9/10 (Preliminary SAT). Candidates to Grades 9–12 may submit PSAT results in lieu of admission testing.
The First Step in Your Child’s Future.
If you haven’t already, please fill out our online inquiry form or contact the Admissions Office at 410.531.7347. Once we receive your inquiry, you will be given access to myGCS so you can view community-wide news, photos, videos, and additional information pertinent to our students, families, and school.
Glenelg Country School admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities accorded or made available at our school. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national, or ethnic origin in the administration of our education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, and other school-administered programs, and the appointment of faculty and staff.